Examples of Stage I and II Spiritual Development
“Can you give us personal stories of people at various stages of spiritual development?” Based on the findings of M. Scott Peck and other noted psychiatrist, I think so.
Dr. Peck saw when he used the same therapeutic approaches on different patients – he got startlingly different results. He was the same therapist. His therapy was the same, but he obtained “utterly different outcomes from a religious point of view.” Continue reading
One Approach to Understanding Ourself and Others
Have you ever wondered:
- why many people view life in terms of right and wrong, black and white, and yet others people seeing things in more shades of gray,
- why some take religious texts literally, while others understand them as metaphoric,
- why others think their religion is “the only true one,” while others view all religions as streams leading to the same ocean?
One possible answer lies in what researchers have found; as we experience emotional and intellectual growth, we progress spiritually. Just as we experience phases in human physical and psychological growth, we can also define stages in normal spiritual development. Continue reading
A Springboard for Self-Examination
Based on my experience, I can say that the process of spiritual development can greatly increase a person’s creativity. In my case, it took the dissolution of my early marriage to start an intense period of personal development. Continue reading
Deep Inner Calm
During my spiritual awakening years ago, I regularly experienced something very profound. Every night after work, I got into my car, and put the sound track of the TV series “Cosmos” into the player. Being in the late fall, it was dark enough for the street lights to be on. As I settled into the car seat and listened to the wonderful music of “Cosmos,” a deep and intense calm came over me. It was like nothing I ever experienced before.